Bricasti M21 Digital to Analog Converter

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The M21 Platinum Series is the trifecta of digital to analog conversion. Three independent and user-selectable digital to analog signal paths are available: delta sigma and ladder dac for PCM conversion and for DSD playback, true direct DSD. All digital input types are supported, with direct output or hard-wire bypass of the analog attenuator.

The M21 Digital to analog converter is the continued evolution of both the M1 Special Edition and the M12 Dual Mono Source Controller.

D/A performance X3

With the M21's advanced architecture its now possible to select, evaluate and enjoy three independent digital to analog converter signal paths: 24 bit delta sigma, 20 bit ladder dac and true 1 bit DSD for DSD content. Engineering autonomous conversion paths creates a super-efficient platform for you to enjoy your music and explore the advantages of each.

Network Streaming

The M21 connects seamlessly with your network offering one of the most advantages avenues for audio playback. Once detected by your network via wired ethernet, the M21 is recognized as a DNLA device and becomes a powerful media renderer offering pristine data transmission over long distances, without loss of signal or degradation. Now your server can be placed anywhere on the network and run remotely lending to a clutter-free listening environment.

Direct or Analog

The M21 utilizes precise analog gain control for its execution of direct DSD functionality and driving amplification. It features a true hard-wire bypass analog attenuator, setting this control to 0 dB makes possible the use of the M21 direct to an external preamp as well. Flexibility is what the M21 design is all about.

Masterfully connected

The M21 digital input selection is well appointed to fit most any system. It also features a fully differential design which creates a less resistant output signal path, ideal when matched with fully differential amplification like the Bricasti M28 and M15 amplifiers.

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Bricasti M21 DAC User Manual

Digital Inputs

Digital Inputs
XLR: AES/EBU 24 bit Single Wire
Optical: Toslink 44.1- 96k
Sample Rates
AES, SPDIF, AUX: 44.1 kHz, to, 192khz
USB: 44.1 kHz, to, 384kHz, DSD 64fs 128Fs as DoP
Ethernet: 44.1 kHz to 384kHz, DSD 128
8 psec @ 48k / 6psec @ 96k

Analog Outputs

Balanced Analog Outputs
XLR balanced (pin 2 hot)
40 ohm
@ full scale +16.5 dbm (5.2V RMS)
Output Level
90db in 1 db steps
D/A Conversion
PCM 24 bit delta sigma 8x oversampling, DSD direct 1 bit, 384Khz ladder dac
Frequency Response @44.1k
10 hz- 20 kHz +0dB, -.2 dB
Dynamic Range
>120dB A-Weighted
THD+N @ 1k
.0008% @ 0dbfs / .0004% @-30dbfs PCM sigma delta

Unbalanced Analog Outputs
40 ohm
Output level
Full scale at front panel +6 dbm (1.2V RMS)
D/A Conversion
PCM 24 bit delta sigma 8x oversampling, DSD direct 1 bit, 384Khz ladder dac
Frequency Response @ 44.1k
10 hz- 20 kHz -.2 dB
Dynamic Range
>120dB A-Weighted
THD+N @ 1k
.0008% @ 0dbfs / .0004% @-30dbfs PCM sigma delta

General Specifications

Complies with: EN 55103-1, EN 55103-2, FCC part 15 and Class B
Complies with: EU RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC
Certified to: IEC 60065, EN 55103-2
Operating Temperature
32 F to 105 F (0 C to 40 C)
Storage Temperature
-22 f to 167 F (-30 C to 70 C)
Mains Voltage
-100, 120, 220, 240 VAC, 50 Hz – 60 Hz factory set
Trigger out
TRS connector for 5V external trigger
Power consumption
28 Watts (6W standby)
Warranty parts and labor
2 yrs non-transferable


Anodized aluminum, nickel plating with brass knobs and buttons.
17” x 12“ x 4.5”
15 lbs
Shipping Dimensions
22”x 17”x 7”
Shipping Weight
18 lbs

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